Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise

I’ve just been to an enjoyable concert at a church in Leeds, featuring a performance of Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang (“Hymn of Praise”).

The most famous section is the soprano duet and chorus, “I waited for the Lord”, which I sang with my school choir sang many moons ago.. According to the programme notes, Lobgesang was popular with 19th century choral societies, but has since lapsed into “near total neglect”, which the writer describes as “unjustified”.

I agree: it’s a splendid piece. Anyone looking for material for their choral society or choir’s next concert might want to check this out. It lasts about 50 minutes (if the opening “symphony” is omitted, as tonight), so it’s a good “second half”.

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4 Responses to Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise

  1. Richard says:

    “Alles was odem hat, lobe den Herrn”! Man, those lyrics and the music are tremendous. I wish we could re-discover Mendelssohn’s music. Superior to our vapid praise choruses.

  2. George Humphrey says:

    I have just played a CD of Mendelssohn’s 2 Sym. but my CD notes do not give a translation of the Hymn of Praise choral items. Do you know where I can get an English translation?

  3. George, that is the “singing” translation (uncredited in the score) of the Schirmer edition of the piano/vocal score. The actual translation from the German original can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symphony_No._2_%28Mendelssohn%29
    Cheers!

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